Seabiscuit, a four legged legend. During the Great Depression many US citizens found hope and a future in a horse that become a champion and has since become an American Legend. Between 1933 to 1947 Seabiscuit, a thoroughbred, did the impossible by taking the racing world by storm. Seabiscut became not just a household name, but the inspiration for a film and a seabiscuit book. His rise to fame has been documented in a 2001 book called seabiscuit an american legend. More recently a seabiscuit dvd has come on the market, very inspiring.
Seabiscuit the movie draws upon the history of the racehorse as documented in records and the seabiscuit book. It again inspired a new generation of people who were drawn to the somewhat romantic tale of Seabiscuit. It not only details the highs and lows of his racing career but shows people the reality behind one of the greatest horse races in history – seabiscuit vs war admiral.
The two horses, whom were actually related, finally went head-to-head, after many cancelled matches, on November 1, 1938 in the Pimlico Special in Baltimore. As the seabiscuit film shows, 40,000 spectators crammed themselves into the racetrack and another 40 million people listened to their radios as the two thoroughbreds sped along the one and 3/16 mile track. Seabiscuit beat War Admiral to the finishing line by four lengths. Seabiscuit was dubbed the greatest racehorse in the nation and the seabiscuit vs war admiral become known as the match of the century.
What the seabiscuit video does not make clear however, is that the stallion sired 108 foals before he died in 1947.